Basilan loggers beheaded by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits

By Aaron Recuenco

Suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits beheaded seven local loggers, whose bodies were recovered in two separate towns of Basilan.

Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional police, said two of the cadavers were already decomposing when discovered by personnel of the Maluso Police Station on Sunday in Barangay Switch Yakal in Lantawan town.

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Source: http://news.mb.com.ph/

N-Delta militants to resume fresh attacks Sept 31

By Emma Amaize & Levinus Nwabughiogu

YENAGOA—NIGER DELTA Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, one of the militant groups that asked the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, led by  Chief Edwin Clark, to stop all engagements with the Federal Government, has announced that it will commence fresh attacks on oil facilities across the Niger Delta on September 31.

This came as a coalition of Niger Delta agitators has expressed disappointment in the leadership of PANDEF, saying it had failed the agitators in the negotiation with the Federal Government to achieve acceptable level of social and economic prosperity for the region.

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Cargo theft: a billion-dollar problem

The marine industry loses billions to cargo theft and cargo loss each year. Meanwhile, new technology is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as cyber-piracy and digitalised theft are on the rise.

BY EVA GREY

The issue of cargo theft and cargo loss has long been miscalculated, with largely inaccurate assessments of the true financial damages suffered.

Recently, insurance broking and risk management company Marsh brought the problem back into the spotlight in their ‘Changing Tide of Risk’ report, which argues that the consequences of the major political and economic events of 2016, together with new technological advancements, are creating new risks and opportunities for the global maritime sector.

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Iran says US Navy fired warning flares at its vessels

By Shirzad Bozorgmehr and Ryan Browne

(CNN)A US Navy aircraft carrier fired warning flares at Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said, marking the latest aggressive encounter between the two nations.

The US carrier was “unprofessional and provocative” Friday, the IRGC navy said in a statement Saturday. CNN has asked the US Navy for a response.

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Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

Yemen rebels target key port with boat bomb: coalition

Riyadh: The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s government said Shiite Al Houthi rebels on Saturday used a remote-controlled boat packed with explosives to attack the Red Sea port of Mokha, but without causing casualties.

“On Saturday at dawn, Al Houthi militiamen targeted the port of Mokha with a remotely guided vessel full of explosives,” a statement from the coalition said.

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Source: http://gulfnews.com/

Government forces pound Abu Sayyaf with artillery in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The government forces launched heavy artillery against the Abu Sayyaf group after the local government of Patikul town, Sulu implemented forced evacuation of residents Thursday afternoon, according to officials.

Mayor Nasser Hayudini told the press that forced evacuation was implemented in at least 15 barangays due to the presence of Abu Sayyaf militants.

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Source: http://www.philstar.com/

Serraj denies inviting Italian warships into Libyan waters

Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj has denied that he has invited Italian warships to enter Libyan territorial waters in pursuit of people-traffickers.

Serraj saw Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni on his way back from his Paris talks with armed forces commander-in-chef Khalifa Hafter hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron. After their meeting Gentiloni was reported as saying that Serraj had authorised Italian naval vessels to sail into Libyan waters.

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India: Govt sets up IMG to deal with piracy at sea

An Inter-Ministerial Group has been set up by the Ministry of Shipping to deal with the hostage situation arising out of hijacking at sea of merchant vessels with Indian crew.

The Government had also approved the Contingency Plan for dealing with piracy and hijacking of merchant ships and constituted a Committee of Secretaries on Anti-Piracy and Hijacking at sea (COSAPH) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary.

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Source: https://bureaucracytoday.com/

Mindanao Conflict Risks Spike in Southeast Asia Piracy

Michael Hart

Since the peak of the Somali piracy crisis at the turn of the decade, the crowded waters of Southeast Asia have replaced those of the west Indian Ocean as the world’s most dangerous.

A spike in hijackings for cargo theft in the congested Malacca Strait, along with a spate of kidnappings-for-ransom in the Sulu Sea by Abu Sayyaf militants, have prompted many to label the region as the world’s new piracy hotspot.

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Source: https://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/

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The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso

A MYSTERIOUS ASSAULT. AN UNSOLVED MURDER. AND A SHIP THAT HASN’T GIVEN UP ALL ITS SECRETS

BY KIT CHELLEL AND MATTHEW CAMPBELL

Nestor Tabares must have known the hijackers were out there, waiting. It was his 13th day at sea aboard the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso, and as the ship turned east, into the pirate-strewn waters off Somalia, the 54-year-old chief engineer would have understood that it made for an obvious target. With a top speed of less than 13 knots and stretching 300 yards from bow to rusting stern, the black-hulled Brillante was plodding into the world’s most dangerous shipping lane with a cargo worth $100 million.

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